Graveside services for Billy J. Rodgers, 80, of Denison, will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Bill passed away at TMC Tuesday Dec. 30, 2008.
The world has lost a great man. He was a bearer of the fruits of the Spirit and now has returned to his Heavenly Father. He was known as an humble man of great character, faith, dignity and honestly. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone. He grew up in a loving family on a farm in Farmersville. He was the son of Joe and Myrtle Rodgers, born March 8, 1928 in the Dessert Community. He graduated from Farmersville High School, class of 1945. He left the farm and went to work for Western Electric and later Greenville Tel. Co. and Southwestern Bell and retired with thirty eight years of service. He enlisted in the Army February 18, 1946 serving eighteen months. He was discharged from the reserves August 12, 1951.
He married the love of his life, Bobbie Hock, May 26, 1950. They had fifty eight wonderful years together. Bill loved playing golf and was a member of The Denison Country Club. He was also a member of Parkside Baptist Church and secretary of the men's Sunday School Class. He took pride in having a beautiful yard and always had a project going.
He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and just being with his family.
He is survived by his wife Bobbie and two sons, Col. Rick Rodgers and wife Linda of University Place, WA. stationed at Ft. Lewis and Kim Rodgers of Denison. Seven grandchildren, Grant Rodgers of Seattle, WA, Hope Rodgers of Manhattan, NY, Sally Rodgers of Silver Springs, MD, Jeb Rodgers of Boise, ID, Emily Rodgers and Dean Rodgers of University Place, WA, Austin Rodgers of Denison. Sister, Onita Holt of Saginaw, brother, Bobby J. Rodgers and wife Addie of Farmersville, sister-in-law Iva Rodgers, of Luray, VA, sister-in-law Virginia Copley of Denison, several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Les, and brother-in-law Jim Copley.
Pallbearers will be the men's Sunday School Class of Parkside Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Parkside Baptist Church Building Fund, 301 N Lillis Lane, Denison, TX 75020.
Bratcher Funeral Home, 401 W. Woodard, Denison has charge of arrangements.
Published in The Herald Democrat from Dec. 31, 2008 to Jan. 2, 2009